5 MAC Players Who Are Poised For Big Seasons In 2014

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5 MAC Players That Are Poised For Big Seasons In 2014

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As the 2013 bowl season starts to get underway, many teams that were not fortunate enough to make a bowl appearance will look to the offseason to find the right formula for success in the new year. The MAC will have five representatives from the conference that will partake in the postseason and the others will turn their attention to the 2014 season.

There were some great performances in 2013 and the conference has made steady progress year after year in being able to compete with the big boys. Teams like Bowling Green, Northern Illinois and Ball State played toe to toe with the major conferences and have some of the nation’s most dynamic players.

The conference will showcase some teams ready to breakout during the 2014 season. Akron is a team that can take another step in the rebuilding process and make it to a bowl appearance next year. The Zips have playmakers on both sides of the football and have bought into head coach Terry Bowden’s system.

There will be some newcomers that will be counted on to step up for some seniors that have graduated and moved onto the NFL. Teams like Ball State, Ohio and Northern Illinois will have to replace senior signal callers and will look to inexperienced starters to take their place.

College football fans can count on the MAC to deliver strong team efforts in the new season and have players making strong statements stating that their ability is the best in the nation.

Fans will want to keep their eye on these five players for 2014.

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Tommylee Lewis-WR Northern Illinois

Northern Illinois
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Tommylee Lewis could be the Huskies biggest weapon entering 2014. The junior had 80 receptions for 660 yards and three touchdowns. He has great hands and speed. He is able to stretch the field against opposing defenses which will open up the running game for Northern Illinois.

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Collin Reardon-QB Kent State

Kent State Golden Flashes
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Colin Reardon was thrown into action last season, but performed well considering he was a freshman. With a year under his belt, Reardon will be able to build off of this season's performance. For 2013, Reardon completed 58.9 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

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Kareem Hunt-RB Toledo

Toledo Rockets
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Kareem Hunt will be the key to the Rockets' success next year. The freshman had a very solid season rushing for 866 yards and six touchdowns, and is one of the most explosive backs in the conference.

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Connor Hundley-RB Akron

Akron Zips
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Conor Hundley is not afraid of contact. As the sophomore, he was instrumental in gaining critical yards for the Zips at the end of the season. In 2013, Hundley rushed for 425 yards on 100 carries and will be counted on by the Zips to take a bigger role in the offense in 2014.

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Matt Johnson-QB Bowling Green

Bowling Green
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Matt Johnson had a superb season in winning the quarterback battle from senior Matt Schilz. The sophomore was critical in leading the Falcons to the 2013 MAC title. On the year, Johnson completed 64.4 percent of his passes for 3,195 yards with 23 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Look for Johnson to keep the momentum going and have a stellar 2014 season.

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